Can the lessons of Solitaire help you Grow Old with Grace?
Have you ever played Solitaire on your phone, tablet or computer? If you have, you know that most Solitaire games have an “undo” button. I confess to using the “undo” button. I know for you who are Solitaire purists, this is an anathema but hey, the instructions say you can.
Here is how I use it: I hate to lose at Solitaire so when I get to the end of the card stacks and have no more moves, I undo all the way back to the beginning and start over. Then I change which cards I turn over first. Now this may seem like it wouldn’t make much difference; after all, the cards themselves don’t change, right?
What I’ve discovered though, is that just one or two changes in the order I turn over the cards can reveal a needed card sooner than it was shown the first time; and that makes all the difference. I then zoom through the rest of the stacks and win the game. I’ve got a terrible score of course, but I win!
My point? Sometimes a very small change, especially if made early, can make a huge difference. Growing Old with Grace is like that. Small changes we make in our 50s and 60s can make a big difference in the quality of life in our 80s and even 90s. Maybe it’s not taking the salt shaker to the dinner table, or taking a walk instead of watching the evening news, or eating more fish and less steak, or hundreds of other changes that might not seem like much now but can make a significant difference later in our lives.
My pending bypass surgery has caused me to think a lot about this. What if I had started exercising regularly 5 years ago, or adopted a lower cholesterol diet, or made different choices that would have reduced stress, or…
Without Mr. Peabody’s “Wayback Machine,” I can’t make changes to avoid surgery next week. However, I can and have made changes right now to try to make sure open heart surgery is never needed again.
Our faith in God also responds well to small changes. Perhaps it’s starting a personal Bible study or setting a specific time for prayer each day or changing the focus of our prayers from a litany of requests to a time of praising God. Things that bring us closer to God and enable us to feel His presence daily rather than just in times of trouble.
Small changes in our health habits and our faith habits can work together to make major changes in our lives. What small, seemingly insignificant changes can you make today? They may be the changes that will make it easier for you to Grow Old with Grace.